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A throwback to the android timeline The evolution of android and its various stages. Read more! Android becoming the largest mobile ecosystem today suggests that open source software governed by a strong team of developers can do wonders. There are numerous open source projects that have failed in the due course of time. Not due to lesser creativity of the developer community but mostly due to improper channeling of efforts coupled with bad timing and strategies with updates etc.

Android, under the leadership of google surpassed these challenges. It made an average app development company to treat android as one of the major platforms. After its first release, the popular mobile operating system has undergone a myriad of changes that were centred on improvising the performance of the OS. Lets look at some of the critical events from its inception to becoming the largest mobile ecosystem. 1

• Founded in 2003 android was eventually acquired by google in 2005. • The first android device was an HTC dream that ran the android 1.0 version which was upgradable to android 1.6, also named as froyo. • Being an opensource software that had the potential to draw a large number of OEMs, android gave itself a strong symbolic identity and named it successive versions derived from food. • Android launched 2 successive updates to its first major versions in 2008 V 1.4 and 1.6 respectively. • The next major change came with gingerbread that focused on larger resolution, speedy touch navigations, support VoIP and SIP, more sensor support, extended web video format support and various other advancement. Gingerbread went on to become the most stable for android developer india and other countries and has recently been outnumbered by jellybean. • Gingerbread was followed by the third major release, honeycomb. Android developers india and developers from other countries did not see much affinity towards this release. During its launch in feb 2001, most of the leading devices were manufactured by samsung and the upgrade brought a lot of issues with network connectivity. However honey comb was important for android as it was the first android version to support dual core processors. • Honeycomb was remained dormant and made way for ICS that successively captured a large market share, finally breaking the monopoly of gingerbread. ICS was hailed for its noticeable battery life and camera performance over Gingerbread. ICSs propagation can also be credited to the huge sales for galaxy s3 that registered record breaking sales.


• Just when ICS stood as a stable android version at the beginning of 2012, google launched another major upgrade that focused on a consistent frame rate of 60fps that gave a buttery feeling while navigating any touch action. Stock android browser was replaced by a mobile version of chrome. Jelly bean went for 3 major version upgrades. The latest is 4.3 and it runs on almost 9% of the total android devices. • The latest major update that followed after JB was Kitkat. Kit kat was targeted to solve the sticky challenge of fragmentation and hence Kitkat is optimal for low RAM devices and supports zram too. Android is highly valuable for an app development company and its successive development reinforces the fact that android is going to hold its ground strong to remain a dominant player in the market.


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